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Batista carefully pitched into the seventh inning, Ben Broussard tied a career-high with four hits and the Mariners beat the Blue Jays 8-3 on Saturday night for their seventh straight win.
It's Seattle longest win streak since a nine-game surge from May 27 to June 5, 2003. The Mariners improved to 9-2 on their current 12-game homestand.
"His bad nights, for anyone else in the league is a good night. Roy is an amazing pitcher," said Batista, a former teammate of Halladay's in Toronto during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. "For the guys to score three runs off him, that's a good night."
Halladay (9-3) wasn't battered around, but gave up 10 hits -- four in the sixth inning alone, when Seattle took the lead for good. The former Cy Young winner allowed three runs and struck out three, losing for the first time since May 10 against Boston. He had been 5-0 in his last six starts.
"They make you work," Halladay said of Seattle's lineup. "They get a little bit of a lead and that makes it tough."
Tied at 1 in the sixth, Broussard lined a one-out single and advanced to second on Kenji Johjima's groundout. Broussard then scored on Adrian Beltre's single to center, and after Beltre moved up on a wild pitch, Yuniesky Betancourt hit an RBI single to left.
Seattle added five more in the seventh off Toronto's bullpen, sending nine batters to the plate. Broussard scored a pair on his fourth single -- a flare over the drawn in infield. It was his seventh career four-hit game.
Mostly used as a pinch-hitter this season, Broussard has gotten more regular at-bats during Seattle's current homestand because of an injury to Raul Ibanez. Broussard has driven in eight runs in his last six games.
"I think it's taught me a lot about my swing. Sometimes you don't feel good and you've got to get in there and find a way," Broussard said. "It's been nice to get some (at-bats) and some consistent playing time."
Batista (8-6) left with one-out in the seventh after giving up a single to pinch-hitter Howie Clark and walking Alex Rios on four pitches. It was his fifth walk and almost half of Batista's 116 pitches were balls.
"We worked Batista pretty good," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He just didn't buckle."
Seattle first got to Halladay in the fifth. Betancourt snapped an 0-for-14 slump with a leadoff single, and went to second on Willie Bloomquist's sacrifice bunt. Suzuki then chopped Halladay's pitch off the plate about 10 feet up the first base line. Halladay fielded the ball instead of letting it land and potentially roll foul, and Suzuki reached first and Betancourt advanced to third.
Betancourt then scored on Jose Vidro's one-out, broken-bat sacrifice fly to shallow left, beating Adam Lind's throw to the plate.
"We ran the bases aggressively, ran them well, and forced some issues," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said.
Instead of walking Frank Thomas and setting up a double play, Batista pitched to the slugger. Thomas hit a fly ball to left-center that Suzuki raced over to catch. Wells tagged and kicked the ball from Johjima's glove as he slid across the plate.
|Roy Halladay isn't terrible, but he allows three runs on 10 hits and loses for the first time since May 10. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||1||1||0||1||2||1||.290|
|Gregg Zaun, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.231|
|Curtis Thigpen, C||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.370|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||2||1||0||1||0||1||.247|
|Troy Glaus, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.276|
|Frank Thomas, DH||2||0||1||2||1||0||1||.243|
|Matt Stairs, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.293|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||.272|
|Adam Lind, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.224|
|John McDonald, SS||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.294|
|a- Howie Clark, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.321|
|Royce Clayton, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.235|
|a-singled for McDonald in the 7th|
|2B - Alex Rios (20, O'Flaherty), Vernon Wells (21, Green)|
|SF - Frank Thomas (2)|
|RBI - Curtis Thigpen (4), Frank Thomas 2 (40)|
|2-OUT RBI - Curtis Thigpen (1)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|E - Roy Halladay (2, Throwing)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Roy Halladay (L,9-3)||6||10||3||3||0||3||0||4.27|
|WP - Roy Halladay (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 105-72, Jason Frasor 16-7, Brian Tallet 33-21|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 9-6, Brian Tallet 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 28, Jason Frasor 3, Brian Tallet 9|
|Ichiro Suzuki, CF||5||0||3||0||0||0||3||.368|
|Jose Vidro, DH||4||1||1||1||0||2||2||.295|
|Jose Guillen, RF||4||1||0||0||1||0||3||.260|
|Richie Sexson, 1B||5||1||1||1||0||1||1||.211|
|Ben Broussard, LF||4||1||4||2||0||0||0||.303|
|Jason Ellison, PR-LF||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.161|
|Kenji Johjima, C||3||1||0||0||1||1||2||.299|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.258|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||3||1||2||2||0||0||1||.283|
|Willie Bloomquist, 2B||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.295|
|2B - Richie Sexson (14, Frasor)|
|SF - Jose Vidro (3), Yuniesky Betancourt (3)|
|SH - Willie Bloomquist (2)|
|RBI - Jose Vidro (23), Richie Sexson (48), Ben Broussard 2 (17), Adrian Beltre (32), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (30), Willie Bloomquist (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre (15), Yuniesky Betancourt (11), Willie Bloomquist (4)|
|SB - Ichiro Suzuki (23, 2nd base off Halladay/Zaun), Adrian Beltre (6, 2nd base off Halladay/Zaun)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Betancourt-Bloomquist-Sexson, Green-Betancourt-Sexson|
|E - Willie Bloomquist (2, Throwing)|
|Miguel Batista (W,8-6)||6.1||5||1||1||5||2||0||4.63|
|Sean Green (H,3)||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||2.70|
|WP - Miguel Batista (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 116-61, Sean Green 17-11, Eric O'Flaherty 24-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 7-9, Sean Green 1-1, Eric O'Flaherty 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Miguel Batista 28, Sean Green 4, Eric O'Flaherty 7|
|Attendance - 36102|
|Game Time - 3:00|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Randy Marsh|